Gateways to the Days of Awe: Issue 3

Welcome to the second issue of 'Gateways to the Days of Awe.'  In this issue we will explore the topic of Days of Awe music.  This contribution is by our own Cantor Marnie Camhi.
Music for the Days of Awe
Every holiday has its own special and unique qualities that differentiate it from other holidays. For example- we eat latkes for Chanukah, we wave a lulav and etrog for Sukkot, we eat matzah for Passover, we recite the Ten Commandments on Shavuot and we eat apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah. In addition to specific foods and activities, each holiday also has its own special and unique melodies and liturgy. 

This is especially true for the Days of Awe—Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These holy days have their own texts and sounds that truly make them different from the rest of the year. Many of the prayers have the same words as in other services (Barechu, Shema, Amidah, Mi Chamocha, etc), but they have their own special melodies or motifs that only occur for the High Holidays.  That is part of what makes Jewish worship unique.

Every holiday, every day and time of day has its own special sounds. Even Shabbat evening and morning have different melodies. You can close your eyes and walk into almost any synagogue and know where you are in the Jewish calendar by the melodies you hear.

Rabbi Cy and I are working very hard to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the new Machzor we will begin using for 5778. Part of that is making sure all the special High Holiday melodies are familiar to everyone. We began this practice several years ago by posting videos on the TBM YouTube channel of me singing all the new-to-TBM High Holiday melodies. I know many of you have taken advantage of these video tutorials.

We want to assure you that all of the melodies that you have come to expect over the past 5+ years will be used with the new Machzor to engender full participation. This Machzor also includes some new readings and liturgy that were not part of our previous Machzor. We will be introducing some of these new readings and new songs- some of which may or may not be familiar to you.

High Holiday melodies:


Cantor Marnie                                                    
Mishkan HaNefesh

Interested in purchasing the new machzor?

Throughout the year there will be a table in the foyer where you can buy any number of sets of the new High Holiday machzor for $50/set and help the temple reach its goal of 400 sets.  You will be able to dedicate them as you wish.  You can download the order/dedication form from this link. In addition Rabbi Stanway will also be teaching about the book in 5 different and distinct lessons.  Check out this page for details.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the temple at 732-222-3754.
Calendar of Mishkan HaNefesh classes

In a very exciting program, Beth Miriam is going to be introducing Mishkan HaNefesh, our new High Holiday prayerbook on Rosh Hashanna 2017.  This remarkable machzor (High Holiday prayerbook) is unlike anything you have ever used.  It is filled with original readings, art, new Torah readings, unique services as well as the customary reading you are familiar with.  The music will include the familiar tunes but also some new melodies to match the new prayers.

This prayerbook needs an introduction.  Rabbi Stanway will be teaching an introduction to this machzor (High Holiday prayerbook) throughout the year after the High Holidays 2016.  The next dates are:

March 19 - 9:30 am
April 30 - 9:30 am
May 14 - 9:30 am
Barbra Streisand's astonishing Avinu Malkeinu

Temple Beth Miriam
180 Lincoln Ave
Elberon, NJ 07740